File:Frederick Lamb's painting of William Penn IMG 3800.JPG|right|thumb|Frederick S. Lamb's painting of William Penn at the Brooklyn Museum
'''William Penn''' (14 October 1644 – 30 July 1718) was the son of Sir William Penn
, and was an English real estate entrepreneur, philosopher, early Religious Society of Friends|Quaker
, and founder of the State of Pennsylvania, the English North American colony and the future Commonwealth
. He was an early advocate of democracy and religious freedom
, notable for his good relations and successful treaties with the Lenape
Native Americans. Under his direction, the city of Philadelphia
was planned and developed.
In 1681, Charles II of England|King Charles II
handed over a large piece of his American land holdings to Penn to appease the debts the king owed to Admiral Sir William Penn|Penn's father
. This land included present-day Pennsylvania and...